Review: Operation C

Still digging into the depths of the Contra Anniversary Collection, I decided to take a step back from the main series and take a good look at the first portable offering to bear the Contra name; Operation C. This game was actually released about a year before Contra III, but being somewhat of a side story …
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Retro Rewind: Game Boy & Game Boy Color

So far in my Retro Rewind series, I’ve covered everything from coin-op arcade machines to home consoles. Over the course of the eighties and into the nineties, both Nintendo and Sega continued to innovate and dazzle consumers with better graphics and improved processing power. But of course, enjoying the games available on these systems required …
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Review: Kid Icarus – Of Myths and Monsters

I’ve had the last few days off of work so I’ve taken advantage of this time to knock out a few of the shorter games on my to-do list. One of them being another classic that I somehow missed out on the first time around, Kid Icarus: of Myths and Monsters. This game is a …
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Review: The Legend of Zelda – Link’s Awakening

Next up we have the first portable Zelda title, Link’s Awakening. Originally released on the Game Boy and then re-released (with improved graphics) for the Game Boy Color, this is a game that I spent a lot of time with when I was younger. For this title, we play another version of Link as he …
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Review: Wario Land – Super Mario Land 3

Next up in my portable trip down memory lane, is the unusual but classic Wario Land. Technically, this is a sequel to Super Mario Land 2, but other than the name, and the fact that the game features Wario, there’s not a lot of similarities. This title is very unique in many ways. For starters, you …
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Review: Super Mario Land 2 – 6 Golden Coins

Moving right along with the Mario series, we switch back to the Game Boy for Super Mario Land 2 – 6 Golden Coins. While, many of us enjoyed Super Mario Land for what it was, there was a lot about it that just didn’t feel very “Mario-ish”. Thankfully, this was corrected in the sequel. Here, …
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Review: Final Fantasy Legend (Sa-Ga) Trilogy

  Still delving into the Game Boy classics of my youth, I’ve decided to do something a bit different. I’m going to do a combo review of the three Final Fantasy Legend games. These games, while different in many respects are similar enough in design and appeal to warrant a combined review. First things first. …
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Review: Super Mario Land

Ahhh first generation Game Boy titles… Game developers had no clue what they were doing. To kick off my Game Boy era reviews, we have Super Mario Land. This was the first Mario title on the Game Boy. It was available at launch and the game is both familiar but also very unique. Being a launch …
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Review: Castlevania Adventure II – Belmont’s Revenge

I’ve moved on the the next installment of the Adventure series, Belmont’s Revenge. This game takes place in 1591, several years after the original. In this chapter, Christopher Belmont’s son, Soleiyu, goes exploring and discovers four unmapped castles. During his exploration, he is enveloped by a supernatural mist and disappears. Suspecting the forces of evil …
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Review: The Castlevania Adventure

The Castlevania Adventure is the first handheld Castlevania title. In the early days of the Game Boy’s release, developers were in a rush to make a GB title for their franchises. Many of these early games were thrown together and done rather poorly. Fortunately, as time went by, developers figured out how to better implement …
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